Kelvin Gastelum has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation for marijuana that has pulled him from his UFC 212 bout with Anderson Silva.
The UFC officially announced that Kelvin Gastelum was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation from tests collected for his fight with Vitor Belfort back in March. Gastelum was flagged for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol or Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana.
As a result of the test, Gastelum has been placed on a provisional suspension which forces him to withdraw from his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 212 on June 3. A statement released by the UFC stated that the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission would be working with USADA to make sure they have the necessary information to “determine its proper judgment of Gastelum’s potential anti-doping violation.” The UFC is stated they are currently working on finding a replacement for Silva.
Gastelum has been one of the most impressive rising stars in the sport in the past two years, notching victories over names like Nate Marquardt and Johny Hendricks, and dropping only two close fights to top five fighters Neil Magny and Tyron Woodley. Most recently, he made waves by going back up to middleweight where he has back-to-back finishes over Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort.
His bout against Silva was set to be the biggest fight of his career and his second against a Brazilian MMA legend. Instead, this latest setback increases criticism that while he is a talented fighter he also demonstrates a lack of discipline.
His issues making the welterweight limit of 170 have been attributed to a lack of discipline between fights as he has a tendency of getting heavy when not in camp. While the move up to middleweight helps to alleviate the issue, for now, this latest incident would increase criticism that Gastelum lacks the focus to break into the elite level.
So far, neither Gastelum or his camp have made any statement regarding the potential violation. The victory over Vitor Belfort has yet to be overturned to a no contest. However, this should be an expected result after Niko Price and Curtis Blaydes had their latest victories overturned in identical situations. Stay tuned to CagePages.com for more as the story develops.